There is now a remarkably effective method of HIV Prevention! It’s called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – or PrEP, a prescribed medical treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for daily use that can help people stay HIV-negative. The associated drug regimen is called Truvada, a combination of two powerful anti-HIV medications, in a single pill.
Truvada has been approved to prevent infection in HIV negative adults (over age 18) who are at high risk for HIV infection through sexual contact.
Seriously consider using Truvada as PrEP if your circumstances place you in any of the following categories:
• HIV negative men who have sex with men (i.e. gay, bisexual)
• Transgender people who have sex with men
• HIV negative heterosexual men and women who are in a relationship with an HIV positive partner
• HIV negative injection drug users
Or if one or more of the following apply to your situation:
• Unprotected anal sex
• Multiple partners
• An HIV positive partner
• No condom use
• History of STDs
• Injection drug use (without new, sterile syringes)
• Sex for money
PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Some side effects have been reported, such as upset stomach. Working your medical provider can reduce and even eliminate these effetcts 1 in 3 primary care doctors and nurses haven’t heard about PrEP.
Medicaid and most insurance plans include coverage for Truvada as PrEP. Vouchers and other avenues of financial aid are available depending on an individual’s circumstances. We will work with you to find an affordable solution.
This video put out by the CDC does an excellent job of answering many PrEP-related questions, including what happens once it’s been prescribed:
AIDS Outreach will work with if you’re thinking of going on PrEP. By partnering with the local community health facility Bridgercare, we can provide you with information and education on PrEP and subsequently connect you to a provider if it turns out to be a good fit for you.
Call 406-451-5718 and speak with our PrEP educators. They will:
• Discuss your risk factors for HIV exposure
• Do a rapid HIV test
• Schedule a meeting with a provider
• Assess your insurance options
Or send us a request to learn more about PrEP and we’ll get back to you!
Already on PrEP? Download the PrEP Squad Pill reminder to alert you when it’s time to take your daily pill. It also keeps you on track with refills and appointments!